Spend July 4th with family & friends at Put-in-Bay!
Bring the family and celebrate Independence Day at Put-in-Bay this weekend.
July 4th kicks off at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial at 11am with a new citizen Naturalization Ceremony on the memorial plaza. New American citizens will take their oath of citizenship. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is scheduled to attend this annual event at the National Park.
There will be Kids Programs and Ranger Programs throughout the day on Saturday and it’s also a Carronade Weekend when black powder and cannon firing demonstrations are given throughout the day.
At 7pm a program celebrating the centennial of the opening of the memorial column to the public will take place. Former Rangers and Perry’s Victory staff, as well as island residents, businesses and organizations, have been invited to contribute to the Centennial Time Capsule. The Time Capsule will be opened at the program and will remain open until the Perry’s Victory Heritage Festival–a part of Historical Weekend at Put-in-Bay–September 11-13 for contributions.
Suggested items include photographs, a written document about Put-in-Bay and/or Perry’s Victory, a business coaster, business card, menu, or related items, coins, medals, and pins. The capsule will be opened again in 2065 on the 150th anniversary of the memorial opening. For more information about contributing an item to the Time Capsule, contact Trudy Roth at Perry’s Victory at 419-285-2184.
Cleveland songbird and author of the “Battle of Lake Erie,” Westside Steve Simmons will perform a concert of Patriotic songs and island favorites at 8pm on the memorial plaza as a prelude to the July 4th Fireworks, sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Business Owners & Friends of the Bay.
Viewing of the aerial display is great from anywhere along the downtown waterfront including the grounds of the Perry Memorial.
Rangers will be directing parking on the East Lawn of the memorial grounds and suggest you plan an early start to have a place to park for the Centennial Program and Westside Steve’s Concert.
Get an early start to your day and enjoy an overview of island history aboard the Island Tour Train. It leaves from the Depot downtown on the corner of Delaware and Toledo avenues. You can explore on your island by renting a golf cart, bicycles or walking.
There’s lots to do during the day besides the programs at Perry’s Victory. We have two wineries to tour, two caves to explore, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing, golf, historic home tours, a butterfly house, miniature golf, a great museum to tour, a wildlife center, a nature preserve, a walking trail, a beautiful park overlooking the downtown harbor, and lots of fun places to shop for a souvenir of your day at Put in Bay.
If you weren’t able to make a reservation at one of our many hotels, bed & breakfasts, cottages, villas, homes, suites, condos or our state park campgrounds, you can still make a full day of it. The Miller Ferry’s last boat off the island on July 4 is 9:30pm and the last Jet Express departs for Port Clinton at 12:15am.
Plan your 2015 visit to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and Middle Bass Island now by clicking on the 2015 Calendar of Events and our online 2015 Island Guide. The 54-page printed guide is available for download on our website and can also be ordered here on the website by clicking on Order Our Island Guide. Put-in-Bay’s (Put in Bay) official Island Visitor Guide & Vacation Planner for 2015, produced and distributed by the Put-in-Bay (Put in Bay) Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau that represents 160 Put in Bay (Put-in-Bay) businesses, is available now!